I am working from memory here, because I am way behind in writing up my daily report.
On my first day in Singapore, I found a nice local restaurant across the street from the hotel where I could sit at a table on the sidewalk and buy eggs, toast and coffee. Great way to start the day; I was glad not to have access to a buffet, because I have to slow down the eating now that the biking is over.
I decided to dedicate the day to visiting the South East Asia Biennale, which is spread across several museums, so I had the opportunity to visit the main exhibits of the hosting museums as well. This biennale is about art, not architecture. Each piece is a presentation that takes up some part of a room. Generally speaking, I found the quality of the work to be very high, and although much of it was abstract, they were generally quite accessible. A number of them relied on electronic media, and there were a couple that stood out in that category. My favourite had dozens of images of dancing characters projected onto individual panels of semi-tranparent glass in a darkened room. Before going into the room, a young museum worker warned me to walk with care until my eyes adjusted. I stepped in, and it looked like a dark room full of dancing ghosts, some human, some other beings, all dancing to the same erie music. Once my eyes adapted, I could walk among them, watching each in turn from either side. Remarkable.
In another darkened room, the images of individual people were projected onto cut-outs of their form with speakers playing their audio. Each was standing and eating street food, and then describing what they had eaten. It was like walking into a cocktail party; Again, I could walk among them and watch them perform.
Lots of other kinds of pieces too, many very thought provoking. Fun to see them in the context of the other artifacts in those museums. Remarkable how much more stimulating it was to see the variety of biennale pieces, v. touring the more typical museum exhibits.
There are a lot of nice architectural features on buildings in Singapore. The range of buildings is extremely diverse, but it seems to work. Those buildings that stand out do so by including nice features, not by being exceptionally showy; a number of buildings had nice surprises. One high rise by a park had a nuber of large teraces full of greenery. Another restored building had brightly painted shutters in a pattern of solid colours.
Went for dinner that night to “Little India”, which was not as lively as similar quarters in Malaysia, but found a good meal .with nice service and a sidewalk table.